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League won’t take any disciplinary action after Henne tutoring

Chad Henne, Tony Sparano AP

The NFL won’t take any disciplinary action following the news that Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne and his new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll met many times over the last month to go over the team’s new playbook.

Jeff Darlington of the Miami Herald reports the league isn’t overly concerned and that many quarterbacks have been meeting with coaches.

“Clubs have been reminded of the rules,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said via Darlington.  “We do not expect any disciplinary action.”

We’re still a little unclear about those rules.  The Rams were told new coordinator Josh McDaniels wasn’t supposed to get involved in lengthy tutoring sessions with Sam Bradford.    The NFL also warned the Browns and “several other teams” that players are not supposed to meet with coaches or be given playbooks during this time.

The Rams would have been better off not asking for permission because the league doesn’t view the issue as a serious problem.   (It’s the new tampering!)

This certainly is not an issue with much shelf life. The rules regarding contact between players and coaches during a lockout are quite clear.

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16 Responses to “League won’t take any disciplinary action after Henne tutoring”
  1. benh999 says: Mar 1, 2011 2:31 PM

    Having Chad under center is punishment enough.

  2. seanmmartin says: Mar 1, 2011 2:32 PM

    If this happened in college–under similar circumstances; it’s a hypothetical–the NCAA would have literally killed Chad Henne.

  3. iced107 says: Mar 1, 2011 2:37 PM

    To me the real question is: what are some players going to do for jobs if there is a lockout?

    I would not be surprised to see one of the Football Leagues within the US/Canada to have a sudden “infusion of talent” most likely the stars won’t do anything,but the back ups and special teamers might need jobs to keep afloat. I’m looking at you UDFAS and late round picks.

  4. skoobyfl says: Mar 1, 2011 2:37 PM

    If the Patriots did it, they would get an award & Brady would get a new younger model wife pregnant while his current wife walked away owing him monthly child support. That’s how rolls in Kraftland.

  5. lucky5927 says: Mar 1, 2011 2:46 PM

    Not sure why they are not allowed to meet if the labor agreement does not dissolve until March 4th. Wouldn’t these organization want their players ready to hit the ground running once the two sides of drama queens get what they want?

  6. PFTiswhatitis says: Mar 1, 2011 2:54 PM

    Skoobyfl get it right.
    If the Patriots did it they would be fined heavily, removed of a draft pick and labelled as cheaters.

    Miami does it and they get told no big deal, go ahead, its only a RULE and the NFL has only reminded teams of this rule.

  7. nesuperfan says: Mar 1, 2011 3:04 PM

    What no loss of a number one draft pick and $750,000 in fines? Oh, because it is not the Patriots, it is OK, you just get a warning.

  8. bleedgreen says: Mar 1, 2011 3:08 PM

    lucky5927 says:
    Mar 1, 2011 2:46 PM
    Not sure why they are not allowed to meet if the labor agreement does not dissolve until March 4th. Wouldn’t these organization want their players ready to hit the ground running once the two sides of drama queens get what they want?
    ——————-

    Thats what I am thinking. If the league is purposely telling clubs they can not meet with the players while the current CBA is still in effect, could that not be tantamount to breach of contract on the leagues part?

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Mar 1, 2011 3:42 PM

    League realized Dolphins fans have suffered enough.

    Anyone upset over the Henne/Daboll meeting probably would be mad if Crack Head Bob and Beetlejuice were taking SATs and failed to put their pencils down right when the proctor called “Time”.

  10. stairwayto7 says: Mar 1, 2011 4:44 PM

    If he played for Steelers, a 4 game suspension and $1 million fine would have come down!

  11. bigperm33 says: Mar 1, 2011 4:51 PM

    If this is the Patriots, would this be a non-story for the league or would it be coach-gate or some other absurd name?

  12. stanklepoot says: Mar 1, 2011 5:25 PM

    bleedgreen says: Mar 1, 2011 3:08 PM

    lucky5927 says:
    Mar 1, 2011 2:46 PM
    Not sure why they are not allowed to meet if the labor agreement does not dissolve until March 4th. Wouldn’t these organization want their players ready to hit the ground running once the two sides of drama queens get what they want?
    ——————-

    Thats what I am thinking. If the league is purposely telling clubs they can not meet with the players while the current CBA is still in effect, could that not be tantamount to breach of contract on the leagues part?
    _______________________________
    They’re not supposed to meet because the CBA specifies this as down time for the players. Think about it, between mini-camps, training camp, preseason, regular season, and (for a number of players) post-season the players spend quite a bit of the year training for or playing football now…much more than they did in the past. If they’re going to be able to start the next season fresh and ready to go, they need time to step away from the game and decompress, both physically and mentally. Even the owners realize that. That’s why it was specifically stated in the CBA that this is supposed to be a period of no football activities at all. While most years you could wind and nod such a violation away, this year you have to worry about an anti-trust suit in the event of a lockout and decertification.

  13. thetooloftools says: Mar 1, 2011 5:48 PM

    Players and coaches should be allowed to meet any time & anywhere they so choose as long as it’s not mandatory.
    Last I looked we lived in a free country.
    I swear sometimes players and teams and owners and unions do everything they can to diminish the right for players and coaches to improve themselves on their own free time. And guess who suffers…
    THE FAN !
    IMAGINE THAT !

  14. j0hnny63 says: Mar 1, 2011 7:02 PM

    seanmmartin says:
    Mar 1, 2011 2:32 PM
    If this happened in college–under similar circumstances; it’s a hypothetical–the NCAA would have literally killed Chad Henne.
    ——————-

    Someone needs to learn the definition of literally.

  15. Kave Krew says: Mar 1, 2011 7:43 PM

    CORRECTION:
    If this were the Steelers, as a reader posted, the Commish would meet with the team and then reduce the 4 game suspension to a 20 minute timeout in their rooms and the $ 1 million fine would become hosting Super Bowl 48, all while gushing over how much they’ve grown up in the 48 hours he has mentored them.

  16. satanicxhellxcreature says: Mar 2, 2011 2:04 AM

    But, if he had worn his socks too high or low on gameday, he would have been fined $15K.

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